Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

December, 2009
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Balloon Flower Trial

National News

Balloon flowers ( Platycodons grandiflorus ) are beautiful summer-blooming perennials that come in a range of flower colors including, pink, white, and blue. They grow to a height of about 3 feet...

New California Lilac Has Colorful Foliage

Ceanothus is known as the California lilac. This shrub is hardy only in USDA zones 8 to 10. However, in those areas it grows 8 feet tall and wide and produces lavender-colored flowers from...

Smelly Compost Pile? Just Add Water

Composting is a great way to reduce household and yard organic waste and create a good soil amendment for your garden. While the materials in a well constructed compost pile will break down...

Illustrated Guide to Gardening Now Organic!

The Illustrated Guide to Gardening has been a gardening bible for many for years. Originally published in 1970s, this book has been the mainstay for many a gardener across the country. The All...

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In the Garden


Kimmie Wins the Battle for the Peas (Maybe...)

The battle lines are drawn and armaments are in place. Who will win is anybody's guess, but I am determined in my goal to grow peas. I planted sugar snap peas and regular pod peas in the sunny vegetable garden at Henry's. After planting the seed, I put...
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Shows & Events

Plant Sale The General Plant Sale, which takes place on February 6, 2010, at the San Francisco Botanical...

Tool or Gardening Product

Deer Repellant If you live in an urban area where deer are a problem, you might be interested in this new...
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Regional Reminders

  • Clean and Sharpen Pruning Equipment
  • Prune Deciduous Plants
  • Clean Under Fruit Trees
  • Prune Landscape Roses
  • Search for Bare-Root Plants

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